Bibliographic and Media References for “Social Fairness and Ecological Integrity” Workshop:

Strategy and Action for a Moral Economy

Ben Lomond Quaker Center, March 4-6, 2011


The Value of Conflict
by George Lakey, Friends Journal, November 2010, vol. 56, no. 10

Bill Moyers: “Welcome to the Plutocracy!”
- Video
- Transcript of speech

What Makes the Healthiest and Happiest Societies? Hint: It’s Not Wealth
By Brooke Jarvis, YES! Magazine
 Posted on March 9, 2010

The Perfect Storm That Threatens American Democracy
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog
 Posted on October 20, 2010,

Why You Should Feel Cheated, Deceived and Sickened by America’s Stunning Inequality, Even If You’re Doing Well
By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet 
Posted on January 10, 2011

How the Oligarchs Took Over America
By Andy Kroll,
 Posted on December 6, 2010

The Supreme Court Sold Out Our Democracy — How to Fight the Corporate Takeover of Our Elections
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet
 Posted on October 25, 2010 

Who Will Stand Up To The Superrich?
Frank Rich NYTimes Op-Ed columnist November 14, 2010

Time to End War Against the Earth
Vandana Shiva November 4, 2010

We Need a Ladder: Avoiding Depression While Downsizing
By Ed Dreby Quaker Eco-Bulletin, vol. 8, no. 4, July- August 2008
(scroll down to 8.4 “Economic Downsizing”)

Earth Quaker Action Team
By George Lakey and Sharon Cantor, Quaker Eco-Bulletin, vol. 10, no. 4, July-August, 2010
(scroll down to 10.4 “Earth Quaker Action Team”)

Gandhi Statue Blocks Entrance to Goldman Sachs in Boston
By Lewis M. Randa, Quaker Eco-Bulletin, vol. 11, no. 1, January-February 2011

Gandhi, David Attenborough’s Oscar winning film.
Can’t see this film too many times. Gandhi had a similar task to our own: taking on the most powerful empire the world had ever known up until that time. When the U.S. coal miners union in the 1990s found itself in a life-or-death struggle with a coal company in West Virginia, the miners rented this film and watched it to learn how to deal.

Freedom Song, a film produced by and starring Danny Glover.
Shows vividly in terms everyone can relate to the struggle and triumph of young African Americans in Mississippi in 1961 committed to nonviolence in combating racism. Raises all the human issues we face as participants, as leaders, as allies, as authority figures, as parents when we embrace our fears and step into history.

9 Pictures That Expose This Country’s Obscene Division of Wealth
By Dave Johnson, Blog For Our Future
Posted on February 14, 2011

Exposing the Republicans’ 3-Part Strategy to Tear the Middle Class Apart
by Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog
Posted February 20, 2011

It’s the Inequality, Stupid
By Dave Gilson and Carolyn Perot, posted at Mother Jones
March/April 2011

Revolution U
By Tina Rosenberg
February 16, 2011

How to Build a Progressive Tea Party
By Johann Hari, The Nation
February 21, 2011


Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy
Peter Brown & Geoff Garver (Keith Helmuth is a contributing author) Berrett-Koehler, 2009
Right Relationship was produced by the first phase of the of Moral Economy Project of Quaker Institute for the Future. This Quaker Center workshop begins the second phase of MEP. Right Relationship brings together economics, science, ecology, ethics, and the core moral traditions of world cultures to answer five questions: What is the economy for? How does it work? How big should it be? What’s fair? How should it be governed? Right Relationship was chosen by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to inaugurate its “One Book, One Yearly Meeting” collective reading project, and has been picked up for use in college and university courses. The “right relationship” concept is emerging from a variety of sources and spreading into the socio-ecological change movement as a moral compass. It works scientifically and ethically. Ecosystems do have an order of right relationship, as do the best of our cultural traditions. “Right relationship” can be thought of as a Quaker meme.

Facilitating Group Learning: Strategies for Success with Diverse Adult Learners
George Lakey, Jossey-Bass, 2010
Don’t let the title mislead you. This is not a book for just professional educators. This is a book about how to make things happen in group settings that give people new eyes for seeing and new ears for hearing – and a motivation for advancing progressive change in whatever circumstance they are addressing. It is, above all, a book of amazing and unforgettable stories about the frontlines of social change, and how people can gear up to make a real difference on things they care about. With George’s facilitation of this workshop, we have the direct benefit of his decades of social change training experience. With the book, we can take this experience home for further reference.

Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger
Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, Bloomsbury Press, 2009
Spirit Level is the summing up of 35 years of research on the societal and health effects of social and economic inequality. It is a benchmark book, widely hailed as presenting irrefutable evidence on the subject. After this book those who argue that inequitable access to the means of life doesn’t matter as long as wealth in society is increasing have no logical argument for their position.

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
Bill McKibben, Times Books, Henry Holt & Co, 2007
This book is an excellent introduction to what real wealth is and what communities need to do develop it and maintain it. See especially Chapter One. “After Growth.”

The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics
Riane Eisler, Berrett-Kohler Publishers, 2007
Raine Eisler returns with a major book on economics from the feminist perspective. She builds on her analysis of the “dominator/partnership” dualism that she developed in The Chalice and the Blade, and shows why a decent future depends on the reemergence of the partnership dynamic in economic life.

The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis
Jeremy Rifkin, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2009
Rifkin has a long track record of researching and synthesizing cutting edge issues and trends in the sciences and cultural development. With this book he has produced a monumental document on human and social development that gives a body blow to theological pessimism about “human nature” and cuts off at the knees the “aggression is natural” and “greed is good” ideology: A book to restore faith in the species.

Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet
Tim Jackson, Earthscan, 2009
A 9 page summary (“Prosperity Without Growth: The Transition to a Sustainable Economy”) can be downloaded from
Ecological economists are now forging a new model of “prosperity” that does not require the increasing throughput of material resources (economic growth) or the continued expansion of monetary wealth in the already overdeveloped regions. Tim Jackson’s book is exceptionally accessible over the whole range technical and cultural issues involved.

The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy
Raj Patel, Picador, 2009
Raj Patel is a new breed of scholar-journalist-activist associated with Food First (Institute for Food and Development Policy). He handles an amazing range of detail and analysis with great facility. His view is global, but his focus is on depredations of the market economy on society, economics and democratic politics.

Unjust Deserts: How the Rich are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back
Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly, The New Press, 2008
For decades, Gar Alperovitz has been a leading voice for economic democracy in America. This book is a powerful and irrefutable documentation of how wealth in our society is the result of the building up and interrelationships of factors spanning many generations – truly a common inheritance that, within the morality of fairness, requires sharing. His argument is historical and philosophical. A rightwing website ( comments on the book: “ Dangerous …. garnering a disturbing amount of attention and intellectual respect, enough that we conservatives need to take special notice, and be prepared to counter its insidious conclusion.”

The $30,000 Solution: A Guaranteed Annual Income for Every American
Robert R. Schutz, Fithian Press, 1996
If Bob were still with us, he would surely be here at this workshop, goading us on with moral intensity and keen wit. This book will make sure his spirit is present for those of us who knew him and introduce this remarkable Friend to those who did not, This book started as a 1990 pamphlet titled, How to Make Capitalism Fair to Humans and Benign to the Earth. A good question is, how would Bob see things in the post-financial collapse and global warming world?

Re:Imagining Change: How to Use Story-Based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the World
Patrick Reinsborough and Doyle Canning, PM Press, 2010
For a practical handbook on effective social change activism, this small volume is just the ticket. PM Press is in Oakland and the authors are veteran Bay Area activists. They work with a training and action group called SmartMeme. If you are looking for practical skills for advancing progressive change, this book is a fine guide.

The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability
Gus Speth, Yale University Press, 2008.
“When a figure as eminent and mainstream as Gus Speth issues a warning this strong and profound, the world should take real notice. This is an eloquent, accurate, and no-holds-barred brief for change large enough to matter.”-Bill McKibben.

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future
Robert Reich, Knopf, 2010.
“The central challenge is not to rebalance the global economy so that Americans save more and borrow less from the rest of the world. It is to rebalance the American economy so that its benefits are shared more widely in America, as they were decades ago.”

What’s the Worst that Could Happen? A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate
Greg Craven, Perigee/Penguin, 2009.
Putting aside the debate about what to think about climate change, the author has created a superb guide for how to think about climate change. He says no matter what we believe, we could be wrong. So, which mistake would you rather make?  A good introduction to risk assessment thinking with a dash of wry humor. The book contains a series of exercises for both personal and group use.

Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements
Bill Moyer, JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley, and Steven Soifer, New Society Publishers, 2001
Explains how successful social movements in the U.S. have made change happen, offers an eight-stage model that assists us to understand where we are in the process, and inspires us with an account of how environmentalists accomplished one of our greatest triumphs.

Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists
Betsy Leondar-Wright, New Society Publishers, 2005
Because sociologist Betsy finds that the most successful social movements in the U.S. have been cross-class coalitions, and the less successful movements have been single-class in composition, Betsy wrote this to help middle class people be able to relate more effectively to working class people. Many practical tips, gained from her own experience as a middle class activist and from extensive interviewing of owning class, middle class, and working class people.

Why We Can’t Wait
Martin Luther King, Jr., Signet Classics, 2000
Dr. King takes us behind the scenes of the Birmingham, Alabama campaign in 1963 that forced President Kennedy to work for a civil rights act that banned segregation. Fascinating play-by-play and lets us into the mind of a social change genius. Includes the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” which he wrote to clergy who were concerned about the spiritual and moral implications of civil disobedience, and was reprinted by the tens of thousands by the AFSC at the time.

George Fox and The Valiant Sixty
Elfrida Vipont, Hamilton, 1975
Well-written account of the organizers who established the Religious Society of Friends in seventeenth-century England, whose leader George Fox reveals himself in her small book to be a strategist as well as a visionary. These sixty (perhaps the size of the most committed of today’s environmentalist Quakers in the U.S.) worked a kind of miracle, given what they were up against.